2017 WJK THD Summer Reading List

“I get by with a little help from my [Dad’s] friends.”

Thanks to the hundreds of you who responded with the title of a great book you’ve read recently. We’ve compiled the responses and included links to the books. You can check out the 2017 WJK THD Summer Reading List below.

To Do Today: If you come across a great quote in your WJK THD summer reading, please send it over for a future Thought of the Day.



Option B by Adam Grant and Sheryl Sandberg
The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown
Extreme Ownership: How US Navy SEALs Lead and Win by Willink and Babin


The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Commonwealth by Ann Patchett
The Covenant by James Michener
The Fateful Lightning by Jeff Shaara
A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
Girl Runner by Carrie Snyder
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
Island of the World by Michael D. O’Brien
The Lock Artist by Steve Hamilton
The Marriage Lie by Kimberly Belle
The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger
The Orphan Master’s Son by Adam Johnson
Pope Joan by Donna Woolfolk Cross
Rules of Civility by Amor Towles
The Shack by William P. Young
The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley
Winter Solstice by Rosemunde Pilcher


13 Hours by Mitchell Zuckoff
A History of the World in 100 Objects by Neil MacGregor
Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow
Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil DeGrasse Tyson
The Billion Dollar Spy by David Hoffman
The Brigade by Howard Blum
The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown
Dreamland by Sam Quinones
Hillbilly Elegy by JD Vance
The History of Western Philosophy by Bertrand Russell
In The Garden Of Beasts by Erik Larson
Killing Lincoln by Bill O’Reilly
Killing the Rising Sun by Bill O’Reilly
On the Origins of War by Donald Kagan
The Red Book by Carl Jung
The Three-Year Swim Club by Julie Checkoway
Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
Zero by Charles Seife


Above the Line by Urban Meyer
Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen
Creativity, Inc. by Ed Catmull
In an Instant by Lee and Bob Woodruff
Not Counting Tomorrow by Jeff Ruby
The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace by Jeff Hobbs
Swallow the Ocean by Laura M. Flynn
Unscripted by Ernie Johnson
When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
When Will the Heaven Begin? by Ally Breedlove
Without You There Is No Us by Suki Kim


Blink by Malcolm Gladwell
Extreme Ownership: How Navy SEALs Lead and Win by Willink and Babin
Good to Great by Jim Collins
Great by Choice by Jim Collins
On Becoming a Leader by Warren Bennis
Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell
The Power of Positive Leadership by Jon Gordon
Superpower by Ian Bremmer
Working with Emotional Intelligence by Daniel Goleman


The Art of Possibility by Benjamin and Rosamund Zander
The Blue Zones by Dan Buettner
The China Study by T. Colin Campbell & Thomas M. Campbell

The Daily Stoic by Ryan Holiday
Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown
The Five Languages of Love by Gary Chapman
The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz
How Champions Think by Robert J. Rotella
How to Stop Worrying and Start Living by Dale Carnegie
How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
Intentional Living by John Maxwell
Language in Thought and Action by S.I. Hayakawa and Alan Hayakawa
Option B by Adam Grant and Sheryl Sandberg
The Positive Dog  by Jon Gordon
The Power of Positive Thinking by Norman Vincent Peale
Resisting Happiness by Matthew Kelly
The Road to Character by David Brooks
Super Mind by Norman E. Rosenthal
Thrive by Arianna Huffington
Wooden by Coach John Wooden and Steve Jamison
Younger Next Year by Chris Crowley and Henry Lodge


3D Coach by Jeff Duke
How Big is Your God?  by Paul Coutinho, SJ.
Start with Amen by Beth Guckenberger
Proof of Heaven by Eben Alexander, MD
The Return of the Prodigal Son by Henri Nouwen
Waking Up by Sam Harris
Present Over Perfect by Shauna Niequist

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